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Istanbul, Turkey

January 19, 2006
This is a Landsat thematic mapper image of Istanbul, Turkey, in 1984.

The Bosporus strait, which separates the European part of Turkey from its Asian part, is crossed by the only bridge built at the time, the Bogazici (Bosporus I) bridge, 1074 meters long and completed in 1973. The old part of the city, which corresponds to ancient Constantinople, lies on the south west corner of the strait.

Off the Eastern coast of Istanbul are Prince's Islands, a chain of nine islands with Bueyuekada being the largest. During the Byzantine period, princes and other royalty were exiled on the islands, which is how they got their name. During the 19th century the islands became a popular resort for Istanbul's upper classes, and Victorian-era cottages and houses are still preserved on them.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 12-Aug-1984
  • Center coordinates: lat. 41.02, lon. 28.98